Verret is new Xavier U. president
Dr. C. Reynold Verret, a native of Haiti who came to the U.S. more than 50 years ago, was named May 14 by Xavier University of Louisiana’s board of trustees as the school’s next president, succeeding Dr. Norman C. Francis, who had served in that position since 1968.
Verret has served since 2012 as provost and chief academic officer at Savannah State University, recognized as the oldest institution of higher learning in coastal Georgia and the first public Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in the state.
“I am deeply honored to be elected as the next president of Xavier and am excited to engage the entire Xavier community in envisioning a future that sustains the university’s distinct mission in a changing higher education environment and that responds to societal need,” Verret said.
“Upon arriving in this country as a refugee from Haiti in 1963, I was supported by many who nurtured my love of learning and science and gave me the encouragement and confidence to persevere. During my tenure at Xavier, I will continue paying it forward, helping generations of young people realize their dreams, regardless of their backgrounds.”
Verret earned his undergraduate degree cum laude in biochemistry from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was also a postdoctoral fellow at the Howard Hughes Institute for Immunology at Yale University and at the Center for Cancer Research at MIT.
Verret also has served as provost at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania and as the dean of the Misher College of Arts and Sciences at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. He brings to Xavier rich experience in higher education.